Matt Damon takes on the role of Jason Bourne for the third time in “The Vengeance in the skin”. A feature film that the actor dreads to shoot, blaming screenwriter Tony Gilroy for his sloppy and “really embarrassing” work.
The Vengeance in the skin : the ultimate quest for memory
Starting immediately after the clash against Kirill (Karl Urban) in Moscow, The Vengeance in the skin begins at a frantic pace. In this third part of the saga centered on Jason Bourne released in 2007 and directed by Paul Greengrass, back at the controls after The death in the skinthe former CIA killer has more and more Operation Treadstone flashbacks.
While the intelligence agency has developed another program called Blackbriar, which aims to train even more formidable assassins, the hero wishes to expose these actions publicly. But things don’t go as planned and a new hunt begins between Madrid, London, Tangier and New York.
Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn and Albert Finney all hope for the arrest or death of Matt Damon, who can only count on Julia Stiles in The Vengeance in the skin. A feature film that the main actor dreads to shoot. During the promotional campaign, he also states according to Looper that the production went through a process that is not recommended for anyone who wants to make a film.
A first catastrophic scenario according to Matt Damon
When Universal embarked on the development of this third opus, the studio called on Tony Gilroy. Co-writer of the first part who feared that The memory in the skin be an oven, he nevertheless undertakes to write the two suites, before realizing Jason Bourne: Legacy. And according to Matt Damon, his version of the script of The Vengeance in the skin is grotesque.
Asked by QG in 2011, the star explained that Universal offered “an exorbitant amount of money” to the screenwriter to develop the plot of the feature film. The actor continues:
It’s really the studio’s fault for putting themselves in this position. I don’t blame Tony for pocketing a boatload of cash to hand over what he handed over. It was just illegible. It could have ended his career. I could put this thing on eBay and it would be over for this guy. It’s awful. It’s really annoying. (…) He took his money and walked away.
A shoddy job that makes production chaotic. George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns come to the rescue to rework the screenplay urgently, with the help of Paul Greengrass. A few months later, Matt Damon apologizes to Tony Gilroy, who has since wanted The memory in the skin emphasize the character of Jason Bourne and his regrets rather than the action. A direction that Paul Greengrass does not really take on The death in the skin, except in the last minutes of the film. Quoted by The Atlantic, the comedian declares about his differences with the author at the HollywoodReporter :
If I didn’t respect Gilroy and appreciate his talent, I really wouldn’t have cared. I was hurt. That’s all. (…) I shouldn’t have said anything.